Reasons to choose the programme

Our graduates are employed by leading fashion houses around the world and are highly influential in all aspects of the industry.
We will nurture your individual design identity, enabling you to be expressive, visionary and provocative with a broad range of abilities.
We emphasise emotionally considerate design, inclusion, diversity and an empathic understanding of users' needs.
We collaborate with other disciplines across the School of Design and ECA and a range of external bodies, including leading designers.
In your graduate year, you may showcase your work at our annual ECA Fashion Show in Edinburgh and at Graduate Fashion Week in London.

Mal Burkinshaw talks about the programme
Edinburgh College of Art

You will develop a variety of technical and pattern-cutting skills - including creative cutting, small-scale cutting, tailoring and outerwear - and encouraged to develop innovations in fabrics, garment manufacture and finishings.

Outline

Teaching the fashion innovators of the future

ECA is known for cutting-edge fashion teaching that emphasises personal creative freedom and design innovation while giving you more tutor time than in most other Fashion programmes.

Our annual show is a highlight of Scotland’s fashion calendar and we are the only Scottish institution to show on the catwalk during Graduate Fashion Week (GFW). Our students have won many leading awards, including the GFW George Gold Award for Best Collection (Lauren Smith, 2013), GFW Womenswear Collection of the Year (Melissa Villevieille, 2015), and GFW Menswear Collection of the Year (Shauni Douglas and Olivia Creber, 2013).

Together with the fashion industry group, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, we co-founded The Diversity Network exploring emotionally considerate design and social responsibility. Working closely with the National Galleries of Scotland, we integrate our research on body image, self-esteem and identity into all our teaching, helping you build your skills in responding with empathy to consumers and their diverse needs.

Learning keeping pace with industry

Fashion is multifaceted and ever-evolving. Our programme reflects this.

As shown in our annual DesignBook portfolio-building projects, we are renowned for upholding high standards of fashion drawing and presentation skills, helping you with understanding brand development and what it takes to shine in a creative business.

You will also develop a variety of technical and pattern-cutting skills - including creative cutting, small-scale cutting, tailoring and outerwear - and encouraged to develop innovations in fabrics, garment manufacture and finishings.

Ultimately, the final year offers you the opportunity to fully incorporate your design strengths into your graduate fashion collection, which can be explored through perspectives of accessory-led design, menswear, womenswear, knitwear and surface-led design. 

Careers

Your employment and career development are our priorities. We bring our industry experience and connections to each project, with opportunities to participate in competitions and lives briefs set by H&M, Dr Martens, Mackintosh, Sophie Halette and more. Our graduates have gone on to work for top design brands, including Balenciaga, H&M, Reiss, Cos, Warehouse, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Gucci, to name but a few.


How to apply and entrance requirements

If you'd like to study on an undergraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to

  • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • get information on what to expect after you apply
  • find out about fees
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance

Take me to the University of Edinburgh website on how to apply for undergraduate

If you’re applying to study on one of our Art or Design degree programmes, you’ll also be required to submit a mini portfolio. Our application guide explains what you need to submit and by when.

Art & Design: How to Apply application guide (PDF)

If you have any questions about the application process, our Undergraduate Admissions Office will be happy to help you.

Email the Undergraduate Admissions Office: CAHSS.UGAdmissions@ed.ac.uk


Staff

Mal Burkinshaw

Programme Director, Fashion

Email: m.burkinshaw@ed.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 5813


Facilities and resources

Students at the University of Edinburgh have access to a range of library resources across the campus and online.

Screen-printing facilities, a camera room, a digital fabric printer, and drawing studios with individual workstations.

Sewing machines, irons, overlockers and other clothing production equipment.


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Contact

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Office

Email: CAHSS.UGAdmissions@ed.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3565